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Canberra Mornings Live: Wednesday, May 22

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Tegan Osborne: That's it from us today Canberra.

Here's a wrap of the major headlines.

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Tearful reunion after Oklahoma tornado

RAW VISION: Trenda Purcell reunites with her son Kamden after a massive tornado struck his school in Moore, Oklahoma.

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Joni Scanlon: A National Simultaneous Storytime reading of The Wrong Book by Australian author and illustrator Nick Bland will be held today at public libraries throughout Canberra.

The annual event has been celebrated in Canberra for 13 years as a fun way of promoting children's literacy.

A reading will be held at  Belconnen, Dickson, Erindale, Gungahlin, Kippax and Woden libraries, at 10.30am.

Last year more than 380,000 children across the country in over 2000 locations took part.

Stephanie Anderson: A truck driver has been taken to hospital after suffering a fit while on Yass Road this morning.

A Queanbeyan Police spokesman said the driver had suffered "some sort of fit" while driving, near the intersection with the Kings Highway, momentarily blocking all traffic around 9am.

The driver has now been taken to the Queanbeyan Hospital.

The Rubens.

The Rubens.

Joni Scanlon: Some excitement for Canberra's music fans today.

Alt-rockers the Rubens  - best known for their hit single 'My Gun' - will perform in ANU's Union Court today.

The performance is a free Channel [V] 'Guerilla Gig' pop-up performance, the first ever Guerilla Gig to be held in Canberra.

The gig kicks of at 3pm. Canberra Times Fly magazine will be covering it.

Some beautiful images from out on Lake Burley Griffin for you today.

Our kayaking Lake View blogger Paul Jurak has sent these shots through - check out his Facebook page and blog for more.

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Lake view: Wednesday, May 22

Wednesday, May 22. Photo: Paul Jurak

Jenna Clarke: The production stage manager of the highly acclaimed stage show "A Clockwork Orange" didn't receive a friendly welcome to Canberra when the cast and crew arrived on Tuesday.

Matthew Henderson popped to the supermarket in Civic to pick up some oranges for the show, which opens it's four-night run at the Theatre Centre, and had to call the police after he was spat on and harassed.

A 42-year-old man was taken into custody. Luckily no one was injured.

Actors rehearsing for the stage show <i>A Clockwork Orange</i> running at Canberra Theatre for four nights.

Actors rehearsing for the stage show A Clockwork Orange running at Canberra Theatre for four nights. Photo: Supplied

A sunrise shot from @handmademarket on Twitter. Lovely.

Stephanie Anderson: Ambulance crews are assessing one woman after a truck and car collided in Hume this morning.

Emergency services were called to the scene of the two vehicle collision on Mugga Lane just after 8.10am.

An ESA spokesman said the accident appeared to be minor, with one woman being assessed by ambulance officers. It is unclear as to whether she will need to be transported to hospital.

An ACT Policing spokeswoman said both vehicles were off the road and little traffic disruption was expected.

David Warner.

David Warner. Photo: Anthony Johnson

In cricket news, test player David Warner will front a Cricket Australia hearing today to learn if he will be disciplined for an extraordinary Twitter outburst against two journalists.

Back to the US for a moment - as dusk approaches in Oklahoma on Tuesday night, 100 people have been pulled alive from the debris, officials say.

Some key points:

  • The official death toll was revised from 91 down to 24.
  • The tornado was an EF-5 - the highest possible classification
  • It was estimated at 3.2km wide and meteorologists say it left a path of destruction of about 77 square km.
  • 3,000 homes were in the tornado's path.
  • About 100 people pulled alive from the rubble.

 

Kalissa Graham retrieves her belongings from her destroyed home with the help of her friend Derick Colwell in Moore, Oklahoma.

Kalissa Graham retrieves her belongings from her destroyed home with the help of her friend Derick Colwell in Moore, Oklahoma. Photo: AFP/Joshua LOTT

The Hume Highway is closed at Gundaroo Road.

Stephanie Anderson: A man has robbed a Bonython supermarket at knifepoint, making off with a sum cash.

ACT Policing were called to the supermarket last night after reports that an armed man demanded cash from an employee before running towards a nearby apartment complex just after 7pm.

The man is described as 183cm tall with a muscular build. He was wearing a green coloured top and grey pant, while his head and mouth was covered with a dark cloth.

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TAMS have started work Jerrabomberra Creek, remove invasive willow and alder species along the creek at the Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve.

Work has started to poison Crack Willow, a highly invasive Weed of National Significance, and Black Alder, a declared pest plant, in the area.

The plants should take six weeks to die, after which they'll be felled and removed.

The area will be then planted with native common reed seedlings in Spring.

The weed removal and restoration work is being undertaken in a ‘refuge area’ of the wetlands on the northern side of Jerrabomberra Creek where it enters Lake Burley Griffin, where public access is not permitted.

Tegan Osborne: Our former Chief Minister Jon Stanhope says the Skywhale hot air balloon has embarrassed the ACT government and given fuel to Canberra-bashers for years to come.

In his own words, "I just think it's selfish, I think it's self-indulgent."

 

Poll: Is former ACT chief minister Jon Stanhope's criticism of the Skywhale fair?

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No. The Skywhale is a wonderful piece of art.

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No. Stanhope commissioned plenty of 'self-indulgent' public art in his time as Chief Minister.

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I'm over Skywhale. When's Darth Vadar coming back?

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The Sydney Symphony will be in town tonight for a major public performance at 7.30pm at Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music, performing Beethoven’s beautiful and evocative Pastorale Symphony and Brahms’ majestic violin concerto.

It will feature 2012 winner of the Young Performers Award Katerina Nazarova. Also on the program is Stravinsky’s passionate Pulcinella suite, after a ballet of the same name.

Tickets are still available visitwww.ticketek.com.au or call 132 849.

Carl Pistorius, brother of Oscar Pistorius, at the Magistrate Court in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa on Tuesday May 21, 2013.

Carl Pistorius, brother of Oscar Pistorius, at the Magistrate Court in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa on Tuesday May 21, 2013. Photo: AP

Around the world in 80 words (ish)...

The death toll from the Oklahoma tornado has been revised down to 24, including nine children.

The brother of South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius has been acquitted of charges of culpable homicide and reckless driving over a deadly road crash five years ago.

Israel's armed forces warn Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of "consequences" if fire continues from Syrian territory against Israeli troops in the occupied Golan Heights.

Britain's coalition government must do a deal with Labour as it fights off attempts by Tory backbenchers to derail its move to legalise gay marriage.

Fleta Page: The Australian Institute of Sport will host a group of female cyclists, including Olympian Chloe Hosking today - they are undergoing ground-breaking testing on the effects of calcium loading on performance.

The results of this testing could be of interest to the wider community/health professionals in relation to women’s health, osteoporosis and the general fitness of all Australians.

Generally the research,  believed to the first of its kind, is looking into how calcium absorption is influenced by exercise.

Canberra Cyclist Chloe Hosking.

Canberra Cyclist Chloe Hosking. Photo: Jay Cronan

A photo of the Parkes Way roadworks taken in March.

A photo of the Parkes Way roadworks taken in March. Photo: Colleen Petch

Tegan Osborne: Some good news for motorists who live or work in Belconnen.

A third westbound lane on Parkes Way is now open between Clunies Ross Street bridge and Glenloch Interchange.

But cyclists will still be detoured from Parkes Way to the Lake Burley Griffin shared path, and the speed limit will remain at 60km per hour though as the roadworks aren't finalised yet.

Work is still under way on the eastbound lanes, and on widening the Clunies Ross Street bridge and Sullivans Creek bridge.

It's all part of the $14.7 million Parkes Way widening project, which should be wrapped up by September.

Stephanie Anderson: Canberrans are being urged to take care on ACT roads, which host an average of 13 deaths each year.

ACT Policing are launching a campaign for safer roads today, highlighting that an average of 700 people are injured on our city’s roadways annually. Since 2008, there have been nine deaths involving pedestrians in the capital, and there were 63 reported crashes where pedestrians were struck last year.

Acting Superintendent Rod Anderson will launch the campaign in Belconnen later today.

Prabhdeep Srawn.

Prabhdeep Srawn.

Stephanie Anderson: Friends and family of Canadian student Prabhdeep Srawn will be gathering in Ontario to pray for the safety of the 25-year-old who went missing in the Kosciuszko National Park a week ago.

Supporters posted the notice on the Facebook page, "Help Find Prabh Srawn - Missing Bushwalker", which has attracted more than 1600 likes since its creation.

"Lets all pray for his safe return," it read.

The search involving police, state emergency service volunteers and several helicopters is expected to continue today.

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Today's front page.

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Kelcy Trowbridge, her husband and their three children piled into their neighbour’s cellar just outside Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City, and huddled together under a blanket as Monday’s monster tornado screamed above them, debris smashing against the cellar door.

The Skywhale has embarrassed the ACT government, damaged Canberra’s image and given fuel to Canberra-bashers for years to come, according to former ACT chief minister Jon Stanhope.

The ACT Health Directorate has been accused of bullying final-year ANU medical students by trying to deter them from applying to interstate hospitals for graduate internships.

And the search for missing Canadian bushwalker Prabhdeep Srawn will continue in the Kosciuszko National Park on Wednesday, amid fading hopes the 25-year-old will be found alive.

David Pope's cartoon for the day.

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David Pope

Editorial Cartoon Photo: David Pope

Stephanie Anderson: Firefighters have extinguished a small fire at the Canberra Hospital this morning, escaping the need for evacuations.

Emergency crews were called to the scene, where they found a small fire in the uninterrupted power supply in the plant room on level three just after 5.10am.

Firefighters extinguished the fire, limiting the flames and damage to the power system.

An ESA spokesman said no patients were evacuated during the fire.

Red Shield Appeal doornock volunteers Megan Jeffery, left,  Felicity Woo, Alana Bingham and David Reid (file photo).

Red Shield Appeal doornock volunteers Megan Jeffery, left, Felicity Woo, Alana Bingham and David Reid (file photo). Photo: Richard Briggs

A heads up for you  - the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal doorknock is on this weekend.

This year in the ACT and southern NSW the target for the fundraiser is $3.093 million.

About $245,000 of that is expected to be raised in the Canberra doorknock.

The appeal helps raise money for Salvos' work to help needy Canberrans.

Your can donate online by visiting salvos.org.au/rsact, or at any Westpac branch.

And it's not to late to volunteer as a doorknocker. Online regos don't close until tomorrow.

Stephanie Anderson: Emergency crews have responded to reports of a fire at the Canberra Hospital in Garran this morning.

Firefighters are on the scene at Yamba Drive after receiving reports of a suspected structural fire at 5.10am.

There's no word on evacuations as yet, but we'll bring you more information as it comes to hand.

And there's been some harrowing images coming out of Oklahoma since the tornado hit.

An aerial view of destroyed houses and buildings in Moore, Oklahoma. Click for more photos

Tornado hits Oklahoma, flattens entire neighbourhoods

An aerial view of destroyed houses and buildings in Moore, Oklahoma. Photo: Getty/AFP

The death toll from the savage tornado that hit Oklahoma City in the US has been revised down to 24 people, including nine children.

The tornado injured at least 237 people, demolished three schools and thousands of homes as it carved a swathe over 35 kilometres long over a terrifying 40 minutes on Monday afternoon local time.

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Obama pledges urgent aid for tornado victims

US President Barack Obama offers prayers and resources to Oklahoma after a tornado leaves a trail of death and destruction.

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We know it's early but we'd still like to hear from you on what's happening in your world today.

If you spot something we should know about, or if there's something interesting happening that our readers might want to know about, get in touch!

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We're in for a cloudy one today, with early patchy fog forecast and some shower after midday.

There's a top of 13 degrees predicted and some light south to southeasterly winds.

It got down to -3.4 this morning at 3.29am in Canberra and -2.4 at 5.25am in Tuggeranong.

Tegan Osborne: Hey Canberra, welcome to Wednesday. You're halfway there.

Right now it's -1.5 in Canberra and -2.4 in Tuggeranong.

There's some rain forecast for today and we're heading a top of 13 degrees. Full weather wrap shortly.

In the meantime, you can shout out to us with news tips or comments on Facebook or Twitter, or send us an email.